School Holidays

To view a slideshow of very happy school holidays spent in those lazy hazy days spent in

Fernilee.  Some of the photographs date back to the 1950s.
A copy of the pictures are stored on Flickr (pronounced “flicker”) a free photo hosting website
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Mum and Dad were fortunate in buying two cottages in the Goyt Valley Derbyshire after the death of Mums elderly relative. for £500.

At the start of school summer holidays we would often travel with Dad to his soft drink factory in Longsight in Manchester. ( link to website ).
leaving at 7.30am in the morning. Dad was kept very busy during the Summer.
On arrival in Manchester. We would wait for a bus to take us to Fernilee.
We must have looked quite a site Mum and my older sister Christine. Timmy our pet dog, a budgerigar in a cage, A Tortoise, a goldfish in a bowl, food, toys.

Dad would join us all late in the evening. Even in those days the A6 was quite busy the journey would take about one hour.
We spent many happy carefree days at Fernilee the small hamlet had many children.
The Broklehurst Farm adjacent was always buzzing with activity. With free horse rides
playing on the haystacks. Christine was very friendly with Margaret Brokelhurst..

I played with Christopher Townsend.
My cousins Wendy and Barbara Frankish would stay in the end cottage with my Grandad Horsfield and Grandma Horsfield. A good time was had by all.
My Uncle Alan Collier a teacher from Timperley made good friends with Alan Brocklehurst. During the early summer my Uncle would help with the sheep shearing he thoroughly enjoyed the different way of life on a farm.

My mum and loved the cottage.

We are fortunate Christine and myself still have the two cottages.

River Goyt swimming

Tony Edge, Dad, Margaret Brocklehurst

Playing on a hay stack Fernilee

Playing on a hay stack Fernilee Christopher Townsend, Tony Edge Margaret Broklehurst, Christine Edge.

Dad made good friends with the local’s free boxes of pop was always well received.

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